Monthly Archives: June 2017

The Sun is in Cancer. What does that mean for your sign?

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Category: Current Transits

June 21 – July 20

At this point in the cycle of our journey through the zodiac, Cancer brings our attention to our emotional needs, as represented by the Moon in our birth chart. This is the first of the water signs, and just as the physical moon pulls on the earth’s oceans to create tidal forces, so our inner Moon tugs at the feeling frequencies created by our ego’s subliminal longing to return to the fullness of our soul’s field of unconditional love. Our earliest experiences of parental and family nurturing, or lack of it, determine deep subconscious patterns around our emotional needs and expressions. Positive and healthy family and nurturing relationships can provide a foundation that strengthens our capacity to give and receive love and care, thus attuning us to the higher frequencies of spiritual love, but ultimately it is not enough. Our many lifetimes of being human have destined all of us with repeating episodes of emotional, disappointment, pain and healing, and in the process have challenged us to return our awareness to our most reliable source of unconditional love…that of divine spirit through our souls.  

Look below for your birth sign (sun sign) to see what particular challenges/opportunities are being brought to your awareness this month. (These can also hold true if you have your Moon, Rising sign or a number of planets in the sign.)

Aries: Your normal mode is to be independent and take action on your own. However, during this month of Cancer, you may notice your emotional needs for nurturing are more pronounced. Rather than feel this as a distraction, why not use this time to tend to what needs some care. This could involve you assertively asking for nurturing and/or offering it to others. If being alone is required, then bring your best intentions and skills to self-care.  This will strengthen your ability to stay on path through the rest of the year.

Taurus: Creating security is a big part of your ego’s perspective in this lifetime, Taurus. That’s why you are drawn to increasing your resources by making money and accumulating what you value. For you, more than most people, this feels good and is good. During this month of Cancer, do a reality check around your values as they pertain to your emotional life. Money, food and other material pleasures may not be meeting the totality of your security needs. Are you being nurtured and nurturing your loved ones? If not, you risk drifting into material greed and decadence. Share some of that abundance and pleasure with others.

Gemini: Gemini, you may notice during this month that you feel a stronger than usual draw to talking with family members, or at least thinking about them. Bring your natural curiosity and need for mental stimulation to an intention to learn more about emotional dynamics, your own, in others, and in relationship. The challenge here will be to relax your restless mind enough to also feel into the emotional frequencies that are present. If you can do this, your mind will be rewarded with rich insights and your heart with wisdom.

Cancer: This is your month, Cancer. Now, more than ever, it’s important you embrace the soft, vulnerable, and sensitive sides of your personality. At times, those parts of you can feel out of place, under-valued by the society, and even embarrassing. Use this time to increase your ego’s ability to claim the positive intentions of these attributes. The world needs more people who can reveal the value of feelings and offer emotional nurturing to others. And during Cancer, others are feeling it.

Leo: OK, Leo. Time to shine your bright, solar light onto your inner Moon, letting it reflect your softer qualities into the playful nurturing of those around you. Children (including “inner children), cooking, cooperative activities, family stories, and such can feel very fulfilling to you. To the extent you are feeling emotionally nurtured and secure in yourself, you can nurture others by modeling how to take center stage with joyful confidence and then encourage them to do the same.

Virgo: In this Cancer month, Virgo, the invitation for you is to direct your natural inclinations for service and order down into your heart and follow the feelings that will guide you toward nurturing others and your self in practical ways. For yourself, how do your habits and routines reflect on your emotional health? If needed, can you ask for help without judging yourself? For others, can you offer your practical services and logical outlook in ways that others feel nurtured and affirmed?

Libra: Your natural tendencies toward supporting others can easily channel this month’s Cancer warmth and caring into all your primary relationships, especially a partnership. Just be careful not to smother your loved-one. Others need to take some responsibility for their emotional health. By the same token, during this time you might feel more need to be nurtured by your relationship(s). Feel free to ask for that, but be ready to reach into your own inner resource of self-love to maintain balance.  

Scorpio: Like Cancer, Scorpio is a water sign and resonates with the emotional, feeling frequencies. During this time, Scorpio, you might feel more protective of those things you share with a loved one, whether it be money, things, values, time or sexual intimacy. This is because you associate those with your own emotional security. If things get intense, the opportunity is to be aware of what you are feeling and share your concerns about your needs. Remember, change is your friend.

Sagittarius: Your usual flair for adventure, exploration and travel may be distracted by a need for home and family, creating some sentimentality. Consider including a familial love-one in your adventures, but be ready to slow down or yield direction. Likewise, your penchant for exploring philosophical and metaphysical beliefs might cause concern for creating unintended chasms with loved-ones. Maybe this is a good time to invite a deeper dialogue with open-minded loved ones. The trick is to not preach or be “right”, but rather lean into the bonds of love while acknowledging any differences in opinion.

Capricorn: Capricorn is opposite Cancer in the zodiac. Therefore, Capricorn, you may feel the polarized tugs inside yourself, one toward your worldly role in society and career and the other toward your family responsibilities. This is a time for leaning into the family and nurturing side. Beyond family, at work, pay attention to the emotional dynamics around your colleagues, your clients and yourself. You typically run roughshod over those, so use this time to offer some sensitivity.

Aquarius: Your ordinary emotional aloofness toward your network of friends and associates, may, during this Cancer month, slip into a more sentimental mode. In fact, more than usual, they could feel like your true family. If you realize this, take time to open your heart and offer moments of emotional connection and nurturing to those you value. It’s also important that you invite some of your social contacts and friends into your home, where your heart may be more accessible.

Pisces: As the third water sign, Pisces resonates with emotions and feelings from a collective perspective. Pisces, your heightened sensitivity to others’ feelings makes this month of Cancer especially challenging. This is a good time to apply discernment to the influence of your childhood family on your present emotional patterns so that you do not project them onto those around you who may be acting out familiar roles. At your best, you can bring true soul compassion to nurture those around you and yourself.

Note about zodiac dates: The dates associated with the signs of the zodiac are based on averages, since in any given year the exact ingresses can range from the 19th to the 22nd. They also vary depending on the time zone in which you were born. If you’re unsure of your sign, you can email Barry at [email protected] with your birth data, including the exact time of your birth, and he will send you a chart with exact sign placements for free. You can also obtain your chart at astrology.com.


Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 36 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you.  Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at [email protected]. or call 608-345-2470.

 

 

 

 

 

color the tarot, learn the tarot

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Category: Tarot & Oracle

As an adult that has never outgrown coloring, I was thrilled when the adult coloring craze first took the nation by storm. I loved to color as a kid and I love it even more as a grown woman. It was hard, though, for many years to find anything other than My Little Pony or Barbie Princesses coloring books until it became a popular pastime for grown-ups a couple of years back. Now you can find a wide variety of coloring books, calendars, and canvases to color and I couldn’t be happier about it. In addition to my addiction to coloring, I love tarot and oracle cards of any kind. So just imagine my excitement when I first discovered a deck of tarot cards to color myself!

A deck of 78 cards in need of some color may sound like a daunting task to some, but to me this challenge brings with it something more than some quiet time with my colored pencils. It gives me the opportunity to learn more about the tarot itself, an intense study of the symbolism and meaning behind the cards because I’m forced to spend time with each and every one as I color it.

I have been studying tarot for more than 20 years, but there is still much for me to learn about this mysterious form of divination. Coloring the cards has helped me to better connect with them, and it has also made it easier to understand and remember the significance of the pictures, symbols, and numbers on each card. There’s a lot to remember when it comes to tarot. When you spend time with the cards in this manner, it’s easier to familiarize yourself with them. You remember because you looked at the same image for a long time, in a meditation of sorts, and it imprints itself in your memory.

It’s also fun to choose the colors for your cards. When I select a card to work on, I like to look at that same card in several different decks to see what colors others have used. Is there significance behind the colors of the cards? Perhaps. But when you color your own cards, you can change that if you’d like. You can spice up a card by using fiery colors like red, orange, and yellow. If you want to invoke more peace or serenity in a particular card, you can do so by adding some calming colors like light blue or purple. It’s really all up to you, and that’s what’s so cool about it.

So if you’re up for a challenge, I highly recommend coloring your own tarot. It’s a relaxing way to learn more about the cards…and when you’re done you’ll have your own beautiful deck to work with!


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The throat chakra is the center of communication and self-expression.

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The Chakras are an ideal roadmap for personal growth and development.  In 2017 we are journeying through the Chakras and focusing on one Chakra a month. June brings us to the Throat Chakra, the center of communication and self-expression. This month, the Throat Chakra asks you to examine the story of your life; are you the author creating your own story, or do you let others write your story for you? Are you the main character in your life story or are you just secondary? Is your life story truthful or a work of fiction? Do you speak the truth to yourself and others?

Brief Overview of Chakras: The Chakras are the main energy centers in our subtle body. They are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our aura or electromagnetic field. There are main Chakras, minor, subpersonal, and transpersonal Chakras. The Chakras’ function is to vitalize the physical body and to bring about the development of our self-consciousness. Each chakra is associated with certain physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual interactions. Each chakra has personal growth themes, functions, and purposes.  The concept of the Chakras has been around for thousands of years.

The Throat Chakra is located in the throat and neck. It is the center of communication, expression, and where we experience the world non-verbally through vibration, sound, symbols, myths, and archetypes. The Throat Chakra teaches us lessons about self-expression. The Sanskrit name is Vishudda, which means “the pure place” or “especially pure.” So naturally, we must ask ourselves: Is my communication pure? Am I true to my word? Do I express myself both verbally and non-verbally with truth and clarity? Some Throat Chakra needs that must be met for healing and transcendence to occur include the ability to express one’s self non-verbally (through body language, music, art, etc), healthy verbal communication, and an appreciation for art and beauty.

June 2017 Throat Chakra Forecast: The Throat Chakra is the gateway for truth and communication. Stories are stored in the subconsciousness and told through the Throat Chakra. The Throat Chakra is where we access the archetypes, myths, and symbols that help give our life meaning, purpose, and guide our character traits and personalities. We are the storytellers of our life. It’s time to evaluate and critique your life story. Are you the author creating your own story, or do you let others write your story for you? Are you the main character in your life story or are you just secondary? Is your awareness, energy, and attention always on someone or something else? Is your life story truthful or a work of fiction? Do you speak the truth to yourself and others? What’s the biggest lie you have told yourself about your life and why it is where it is now? As the storyteller, you alone have the power to edit, rewrite, and modify things in your life that are no longer working for you. You are powerful over your situation.

Throat Chakra Blend

  • 3 drops German (Blue) chamomile
  • 4 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops Sage essential oil
  • 1 ounce of a vegetable oil like coconut, jojoba, or almond

Blend the essential oils into the vegetable oil then massage some over the throat and neck area. As you do this, repeat the following affirmations: “My thoughts are positive and I always express myself both verbally and non-verbally with truth and clarity. I am the storyteller of my life and have power over each and every situation.” Seal your intent by participating in a throat chakra activity such as singing, chanting, or listening to music.


If you are interested in learning more about the ‘Throat Chakra, The Archetypes, and the Stories of our Lives’ please visit the Chakra Mini-Series page for monthly $17 online mini chakra classes https://mindsoulandself.com/2017-chakra-mini-series/

Join us for our ‘Summer Solstice Women’s Chakra Retreat’ in West Bend, Wisconsin June 16 to 18, 2017: https://mindsoulandself.com/womens-wellness-retreats/

About: Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA is a Holistic Health Consultant, Certified Aromatherapist, Herbalist, Master Gardener, and Reiki Master Teacher with a PhD in Health Psychology. Her business, Mind, Soul, and Self LLC is based out of Wisconsin. For more info on Dr. Christina and her upcoming Chakra Retreats, Chakra Classes, Chakra Bootcamps, or to schedule an individual reading or appointment, please visit mindsoulandself.com. Many Blessings and Be Well!